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Sewing Essentials is a basic sewing skills course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. These comprehensive sewing classes will teach you machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and troubleshooting, how to control your machine and get to know its stitch capabilities. You will also learn about different seams and finishes, pattern cutting and by the end of the course, you will have made a complete garment using all the skills you have learned.

This sewing course will teach you the sewing basics and have you well on the way to altering, repairing, and producing beautiful garments for yourself and your family. You will find this course very enjoyable whilst learning a worthwhile skill for life. Once you have made your first garment this course will have you addicted to sewing!

If you want to learn Sewing in Sydney, then this course is for you.


By the end of these sewing classes, you will have:

  • learned how to maintain and make adjustments to machines
  • learned basic sewing and pattern cutting skills
  • made a complete garment
  • completed a beginner sewing project

Ideal for

  • Anyone wanting to learn to sew
  • Anyone wanting to brush up on basic sewing skills

Course content

  • Machine set-up and maintenance
  • Basic sewing and pattern cutting
  • Machine techniques and applications
  • Sewing a complete garment

Lesson 1 - Get to know your machine

  • Safe sewing tips
  • Learn about different machine parts and how they work
  • Machine set-up and adjusting thread tension
  • Machine maintenance, clean and oil
  • Stitch capabilities of the machine, zigzag, stitch length, etc.
  • Practice controlling speed, stopping and starting and practising on calico with thread

Lesson 2 - Different seams and finishes

  • Sewing a flat seam, an open seam, and a French seam and learn when it is appropriate to use each seam for different fabrics.
  • Sewing a stitched hem, a double turned hem. Other hem finishes.

Lesson 3 - Learn about patterns and cutting

  • Discuss a commercial pattern and get to know the terminology on the pattern and what all the various markings are.
  • Fabric selection and spend some time learning about the perfect fabric/pattern design marriage.
  • Cutting efficiently and learning about why some fabrics must be cut a certain way i.e. stretch fabrics, velvets, cords, and one-way prints.

Lesson 4 - Machine techniques

  • Various machine techniques will be covered in this lesson, like gathering, pleats, pockets, and various other applications.

Lesson 5 and 6- Individual project work

  • You will have a choice of a range of simple garments that will be discussed at the beginning of the course.

Please bring to class

The following items must be supplied by students and will be needed on the first night:

  • 2 meters of calico (120cm width)
  • Clear plastic Singer bobbins x 1 packet of two
  • Pins and hand sewing needles
  • 1 reel of white and 1 reel of dark coloured sewing thread
  • 1 pair of fabric cutting scissors
  • 1 pair of small thread cutting scissors or clippers
  • Measuring tape
  • Notebook, ruler, pen and pencil to take notes
  • You are welcome to bring along your own machine (if portable) if you would prefer to learn on it
  • MACHINE NEEDLES: The machines on campus take standard domestic sewing machine needles. They will have 130/705 H on the packaging somewhere to tell you they are domestic type, which is different from the code for the size of the needle (an 80 or 90 size needle is best for use with sew-all thread).
  • BOBBINS: They must be plastic, not metal. They must be designed for TOP LOADING or "Drop-In" machines. The best bet is to buy a pack that says it's suitable for Singer Drop In machines or Janome Drop In machines (either one will work on both machines). Avoid "universal" bobbins as there is no one-size-fits-all bobbin.
  • THREAD: a quality thread brand is recommended. Some of the more common household brands are Gutermann, Rasant, Mettler, Aurifil.

Other information

  • Please note: Additional fabric will need to be purchased for the various projects of your choice. The tutor will advise you of what you will need to buy.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes.


Rozelle Campus, corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.


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Course testimonials:

  • said: The thing I like most was Joanne's approach to sewing she made it easy and enjoyable whilst we gained so much from her skills and experience and picked up a few tricks of the trade along the way.

  • said: I enjoyed the most the fact that I got to learn a new skill, and the instructor was really helpful and patient which I believe made the process much better. Thank you so much!

  • said: Such an enjoyable course, our instructor was very patient and helpful and had a lot of knowledge. I wish it went longer!!

  • said: She's a patient and thorough teacher and I got so much out of working with her.

  • said: The Tutor, Joanne, was very knowledgeable and encouraging. Because of her expertise I was able to learn all of the necessary skills to complete a garment within the time frame of the course....very satisfying! Thanks

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